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Monday, August 31, 2009

une réunion

a meeting

Nous avons une réunion dans la salle de conférence.
We have a meeting in the conference room.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009


to study

Marie étudie français tous les jours.
Marie studies French every day.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


to travel

Nous avons voyagé en France l’été dernier.
We traveled to France last summer.

Vocabulary Section: Verbs, Word of the Day
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ça va?, Comment allez-vous?

How’s it going?, How are you doing?
Ça va? is more informal and what you would typically say to other students or friends.

Ça va, Paul?
How’s it going, Paul?

Paul might respond to this question in a number of ways:

  • Ça va: It’s going fine.
  • Ça va bien: It’s going well.
  • Ça va mal: It’s going badly.
  • Comme ci, comme ça: So-so.

Vocabulary Section: Expressions, Greetings, Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Hello! or Hi! (more informal than Bonjour, usually used among friends)
Can also mean good-bye or see you.

Salut, Colette!
Hi, Colette!

Vocabulary Section: Greetings, Word of the Day
Monday, August 17, 2009

A Message from French Fanatic

Many students are resuming their studies this week, and some will be studying French for the first time! That makes this a perfect week to begin reviewing some basic, beginning French vocabulary. Over the coming days, we’ll post words and phrases that are essential to getting started with French.

If you’re a new student or teacher of new students, we hope some of the words and phrases will help you reinforce what you’re learning and teaching in your classes. If you’re a longtime student of French, maybe the upcoming postings will bring back some memories of your own early French studies and just maybe refresh a few forgotten details.

Here’s hoping you enjoy your studies of French as much as we do!

Bonne chance! (good luck)

French Fanatic Editor

Vocabulary Section: Editor's Message
Monday, August 17, 2009

Je m’appelle…

My name is… (literally, I call myself)

Je m’appelle Edouard.
My name is Edouard.

Vocabulary Section: Expressions, Word of the Day
Saturday, August 15, 2009

en ligne


La plupart des journaux sont gratuits en ligne.
Most newspapers are free online.

Friday, August 14, 2009

un écrivain, une écrivaine

a writer

Jean-Paul Sartre était un écrivain français très célèbre.
Jean-Paul Sartre was a very famous French writer.

Vocabulary Section: Arts and Culture, Word of the Day
Thursday, August 13, 2009

la fin

the end, finish

La fin de l’été est tout près.
The end of summer is close.

Vocabulary Section: Time and Calendar, Word of the Day
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